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Lightning Kills Teen, Injures Two Others in West Virginia

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A 17-year-old West Virginia boy died and two other 17-year-old boys were injured Monday after a lightning strike in Fayette County, the sheriff's office said.

The teens were injured about 3:30 p.m. ET near the town of Fayetteville, southeast of Charleston, Sheriff Steve Kessler said. The boys were fishing at a pond when a severe thunderstorm hit and lightning struck a tree near where they were standing. One of the surviving boys appeared to be seriously injured, although the condition of neither survivor could immediately be confirmed, Kessler said.

"This appears to be a very tragic freak accident," he said.

More showers and thundershowers are forecast for at least another week for Fayetteville, the National Weather Service said.

The death is the sixth in the U.S. from lightning strikes in 2015, said John Jensenius, a lightning safety specialist for the National Weather Service. The five others — two in North Carolina and one apiece in Florida, Iowa and New Mexico — involved adults, he said.

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